Pius Adesanmi

Professor Pius Adesanmi of the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University has a book manuscript shortlisted for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the non-fiction category. His book You’re Not a Country, Africa is one of ten manuscripts shortlisted for this prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival on 4 September, 2010. The prize is 50 000 South African Rand and a publishing contract with Penguin Books South Africa, with worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies.

Somehow, in the heat of Occupy Nigeria last week, somebody must have convinced Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy (a clever way of calling her Prime Minister and maintaining...
Americans love to describe their president as the most powerful man on the face of the earth largely because of their ignorance of the omnipotence of the Nigerian presidency. In Nigeria, we have been...
Dear President Jonathan:I was writing this short note to congratulate you on the significant threshold you crossed recently in the life of your presidency and in your mode of self-inscription into...
Never, in the history of our country, has a negligible minority been so right. Never has that minority hoped so fervently to be wrong, to be proven wrong! And never has the avoidable error of the...
I am reproducing an old essay this week for good reason.  I first published “Babatunde Fashola: the Loner of Sodom?” in 2008 when I initially began to pay serious attention to the...
And it came to pass that after the people of Sodom hath shaken off the yoke of the taskmasters who ruleth over them in the name of the great white Queen in the land of the permanent rain, a long line...
 “Senator! Senator! Senator!! You got a minute, Alhaji?”   “My friend, what’s your problem? Why are you disturbing me? Can’t you see I’m hurrying to...
I guess it is in the character of my friend, Sharif Khalill, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, to put one on a podium before a distinguished assemblage of guests comprising members of the diplomatic...
(Lecture  delivered at the Keynote Speaker Series of the African Students Association, State University of New York at Oswego, November 2, 2011)
(Lecture  delivered at the Keynote Speaker Series of the African Students Association, State University of New York at Oswego, November 2, 2011)
Continued from last week. Right there was a blank space in my language and conceptual world. Remember, I told you that Dionne Brand was not alone! As my world expanded beyond Isanlu during my...
Sarah Quesada’s invitation letter stated that this conference is convened jointly by the Stanford Forum for African Studies (SFAS), the Stanford Division of Languages, Cultures and Literatures...